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Moon Corona Seen in Southwest Iceland

A corona (rosabaugur in Icelandic) was seen around the moon above Reykjanesbaer in southwest Iceland on Wednesday evening which, according to old superstition, is a prediction of tumultuous events.

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The moon above Seltjarnarnes. Archive photo by Páll Kjartansson.

However, the University of Iceland Science Web explains that a corona is created when light breaks in ice crystals in the upper atmosphere and are primarily visible when the moon is full, as is currently the case.

A corona appears like a very wide circle of light around the moon and it can only be seen if there is cloud cover in the sky, visir.is reports.

A picture of the phenomenon can be seen on the local news website vikurfrettir.is.

Click here to read about other strange lights seen in the sky above Iceland recently.

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